200 shanties razed to ground in city

Staff Correspondent

22 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

A fire swept through Balurmath Slum in the capital’s Uttara area on Wednesday, burning about 200 shanties to ashes.

After losing everything in the fire, slum dwellers are now under the open sky and they are in desperate need of food and shelter.

Syed Monirul Islam, senior station officer at Uttara Fire Station, told the Daily Sun that the fire broke out at Balurmath Slum, also known as Ranavola Slum, in Uttara 10 at about 12:20 pm.

On receiving information, six units of firefighters rushed to the spot and brought the blaze under control around 2:00 pm.

“It is estimated that about 200 shanties of the slum burnt down,” he said. “We have learned that somebody set a pile of waste on fire at the slum. But the fire reached an oven from where the fire spread through the whole slum rapidly.”

The exact cause of the fire can be established after an investigation, he said.

The officer said that after the fire incident, slum dwellers are staying under the open sky. They need food and shelter on an immediate basis, he added.

Mehedi Hasan, officer-in-charge of Turag Police Station, told the Daily Sun that the slum is owned by a certain Mostofa Member.

Slum dwellers are now having a hard time, as they have no food and shelter, he added.

When contacted, Afsar Uddin Khan, councillor of Ward-1 under Dhaka North City Corporation, told the Daily Sun that if needed, they will provide assistance for the slum dwellers.